Samizdat now features 3 Riffs on Children of the Cure, with more on the way. The first was by Max Fink – above – a second has come from Heather Roberts, below, who has posted further reflections on Olly’s Friendship Foundation Facebook page and a third from Bob Fiddaman, further down again. Bob also features at the moment on RxISK’s current venlafaxine withdrawal post.
We’ve invited several people to Riff on Children of the Cure rather than review it. What’s a Riff? First its not a review – an analysis by an expert of the book – its argument, or detail, or writing style, or philosophical position.
There are very few people on this earth who have been through the Children of the Cure saga and unless you have its like someone who has never given birth telling someone who has what giving birth is like. Or rather someone who has no children telling someone who has what effect having a child has – men can be dramatically affected by having a child.
Lots of you have given birth or had children and an increasing number have had lives touched by Children of the Cure – Study 329 like issues. You may be family to or friends of someone who died or was harmed by any of the 300 or more drugs that can cause suicide or homicide or related problems. You may be one of those whose lives have been made a living hell by withdrawal, PSSD or other problems triggered by treatment – the current RxISK post.
You may be a clinician or academic, who has seen the way trials are run and the problems hidden, or one who sees in their everyday work people being injured by drugs, but who figuring you are up against the “science” opted to keep quiet – which is understandable but it means cutting someone else loose and leaving them to their fate. Many of us likely have a degree of guilt and may even wonder who will help when the knock is on our door?
All of these people and many more – quite possibly you – can Riff on the Children theme – that is tell your story and how these issues have impacted on you. The hope in doing this is to generate a swelling Choral effect – as in Beethoven’s Odd to Joy with its line about “all people can be siblings”.
We can post anonymous Riffs. You might be a young person howling in dismay at the picture of our world that emerges from Children of the Cure – an almost no hope scenario. Or an older person, now resigned to seeing the world this way and semi-thankful you’re getting near the exit.
This post just hints at possible Riffs – we want to leave it to you to work out if there is a way and time for you to join in the chorus.Share this: